Saturday, December 7, 2013

Honey-Brined Fried Chicken Breasts


3 cups cold water
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup honey
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
cayenne pepper to taste
vegetable oil for frying


Mix cold water, kosher salt, and honey in a large bowl; stir until salt dissolves. Add chicken breasts, and weigh them down with a plate to keep them completely submerged. Cover entire bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Remove bowl from refrigerator; drain and dry chicken. Pour buttermilk over chicken in a large bowl. Set aside at room temperature for 15 minutes.
Combine flour, black pepper, garlic salt, onion salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
Coat each chicken breast in flour mixture until well covered on all sides; place flour-coated chicken breasts on a cooling rack to dry for 15 minutes.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cook chicken breasts until browned and no longer pink in the center, about 10 to 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
Transfer chicken to a cooling rack; allow to cool for 5 minutes.

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